ASUS Infringes on ACQIS Patent, Texas Jury Finds $570 Million in License Fees

It has been reported that ASUS and its subsidiary Asus Global have been found by a federal jury in Texas to have infringed on U.S. patents for important parts used in its notebook computers, desktop computers, servers, and motherboards, and have been ordered to pay a license fee of 18 million U.S. dollars (about NT$574 million) to technology patent licensing company ACQIS.

Bloomberg reported that a jury in the Western District of Texas declared that ASUS and its subsidiary Asus Global had infringed U.S. Patent Nos. 9529768 and 8756359, declaring that the two U.S. patents are valid, and therefore rejected ASUS’s previous argument that the lack of sufficient written descriptions made it impossible for other parties to understand and recover these forms of invention. However, it also stated that ASUS did not intentionally infringe the patents.

ACQIS filed a lawsuit against ASUS in October 2020, alleging that ASUS infringed on its patents for the CPU, memory, and data security technology methods used in the company’s products, including the ZenBook, Chromebook, and ROG computers.

Commenting on the jury’s verdict, ACQIS’s attorney, Dorsey & Whitney’s Kollard, said that ACQIS thanks the jury for validating the company’s infringing patents, and also demands that ASUS pay the license fee.

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